With the increasing
number of commercial vehicles on the road, Maine is considering steps to improve
road safety for trucks. Proposed upgrades could include new turning lanes added
to roads, and sight distances improved in coming years.
Transportation Department has retained a consultant firm to recommend how roads
and bridges can be built and reconditioned allowing tractor-trailers and other
vehicles with three or more axles to travel, turn and stop more safely.
Part of the
firm's heavy-truck safety report eventually could be incorporated into MDOT's
road-and-bridge improvement plan that is issued every two years. "It's
designed to improve the flow of traffic and make the roads safer," Tim
Bolton, of MDOT's Office of Freight Transportation, told the Portland Press
Herald. "We want to move truck traffic in a safer and more efficient manner."
A public hearing
on the draft report will be held on Sept. 21 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the MDOT building
at 16 Statehouse Station in Augusta.